Humidifiers can incubate pathogens and spread infection. It is preferable that humidifiers not be used in the child care setting. However, if a humidifier is used, the following are general guidelines:
  • Use a cold water humidifier to avoid the risk of burns or scalds.
  • Empty the water every day.
  • Wash and disinfect the water reservoir daily.
  • Allow to air dry after washing and disinfecting.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.